How kids learn today. Wagner points out that this generation is so different that we have to hold them to different standards. If you sat on a park bench or sat on twitter for that matter you might hear the previous two generations talk about the current generation as distracted, needy and an overall lack of work ethic. not everyone believes this though. There are those, including Ellen Kumata of Cambria Associates, that think that is is not a lack of work ethic, just a "different work ethic". The introduction of the internet has changed the entire world. It is only about one or two generations old. As Wagner puts it, we are only just beginning to see the full effect of the internet. Why would we expect our children to be void of that change? Students of yesterday were in a bubble, their immediately circle was typically al that mattered. Today's students are able to touch the entire world sitting in their bedroom. Students want to be heard, and to matter. The world of information and technology are at our children's every click at the speed of light. Why would we expect for our students to wait for anything, they are all about instant gratification. It's only when we can update our lessons to correctly reflect the demand of our students today that they will be fully engaged. If they are intrigued, challenged, and giving their full attention to a lesson versus their usual multi-tasking way, that is when we are motivating our students to give their all. To motivate our newest generation we have to drive ourselves to change our ways as teachers to better suit our students. Teachers are teaching to help our students lead successful, happy, heathly lives. The end goal is not to force them to conform to our cookie cutter ultimate student.
High Tech High seems like it would be a good fit for me in philosophy and teaching style. The project based learning is something I hold dear to my heart. I feel that students should be taken on a personal learning journey. The classrooms now a days are so huge in the traditional classrooms. Even if they wanted to, teachers don't have the time to sit down with each and every student. Quality time with the student is ridiculously minimal. Our children need mentors not information delivery personnel. I feel that High Tech High understands that issue and I would love to be apart of that. I also love the internship part of the program. So many people get stuck in a specific field of work because they didn't really have the opportunity to try things out or even really develop a full identity before they have to choose a career path. Having this opportunity for the high schoolers is a great way to introduce the work experience and see if the student likes the path that they have chosen. The only thing that I have heard about this school system is that the turn around for teachers is high and that there isn't much said for job security. I know that seems like a taboo topic right now, I am not talking about tenure here. What I would like to research is if they are patient with newcomers and help develop growth. While I would love to be apart of the this program, I feel that I would do best to take my philosophy to a traditional school and help spread the word so to speak.